On July 13, 1962, in what is known as the first Battle of Murfreesboro, Nathan Bedford Forrest and his raiders’ (Texas and Georgia Rangers) defeated Union units (9th Michigan Infantry & 3rd Minnesota) camped at Oaklands and at the Courthouse in Murfreesboro.
Stones River National Battlefield Park Ranger and historian Jim Lewis, along with volunteer reenactors, provided visitors with a living history demonstration at Oaklands Historic House Museum http://oaklandsmuseum.org/ and at Stones River Battlefield http://www.nps.gov/stri/index.htm in 2011.
Born in Chapel Hill, Tenn., July 13, 1821. Nathan Bedford Forrest rose to become a Lt. General in the Confederate Army. Remembered for his innovative strategy and tactics, some historians consider him the greatest cavalry general in American history. He was a wealthy planter and slave trader but not trained at West Point.
In July 1861, Forrest enlisted with the Tennessee Mounted Rifles as a private, offering to buy horses and equipment with his own money. He later decided to recruit and equip his own cavalry regiment. Known for raiding, which wasn’t taught at West Point, Forrest developed his own tactics.
Revered by Confederates and feared by the Union, Forrest is later accused of war crimes at the Battle of Ft. Pillow (1864) in western Tennessee.